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Is there any way to change the keyboard layout on the hardware/system/bios level?


Say, when asked for the system password on boot you could use the dvorak(or any other) layout to type in instead of the default qwerty.

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An actual Dvorak keyboard reports the same letters to the BIOS with the same scan-codes, and should work fine.

If you're using a non-Dvorak keyboard with a software overlay to make it act like a Dvorak, then, no you'll need software running to provide that overlay, and it won't be running at the BIOS level.

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Couldn't you (in theory) change the scan codes that are released from the keyboard? Not an easy task, I should think, but with time I expect it could be done? No? – baash05 Apr 26 '13 at 0:29

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